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the first few minutes of the talk, so starts part way through a Media Watch clip. Most of the talk is
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This talk was recorded at the Institute
for Critical Animal Studies Oceania 2017 Conference in Melbourne. You can find
out more information about this conference here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/oceania-conference/
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talk from the conference booklet, available here: http://www.criticalanimalstudies.org/booklet/
Workshop: Who’s Fake News? You’re Fake News! Media and
Information Literacy in Activist Spaces
“Your organisation is terrible . . . you are fake news”.
With those words to a CNN
correspondent, then President-Elect Donald Trump cemented
the phrase “fake news” in the public consciousness. While hyped-up stories,
half-truths, and outright fabrications have been a thorn in the side of
legitimate journalists and news outlets for many years, “fake news” is a
relatively recent phrase that seeks to describe the various types of misleading
media we all encounter. From Youtube comments to international media outlets,
fake news is making headlines, sparking conversation, and being debated and
contested. But what is fake news? Should we care about it? How do we spot it?
The recent rise of fake news also presents internet users -
especially activists and other
politically engaged users - with a unique learning
opportunity to improve our credibility in online and offline conversations,
including issues of trust, authority, and what makes news News.
In this interactive session, technobrarian Luc Brien will
examine the fake news phenomenon looking at:
*Common types of fake news including clickbait, conspiracy
theories, and propaganda,
*How and why fake news is spread, exploring the economics
and psychology of fake news, and
*Why fake news is a problem, and what we as internet users
can do to about it.
We will then broaden the discussion to look at wider
information and media literacy needs, giving participants the opportunity to
gain practical skills to critically evaluate information sources faster and
holds a Bachelor of Business (Information and Knowledge Management) from RMIT University. He has worked in
academic libraries since 2011, primarily in student and academic support roles. In 2016, Luc began his own
information literacy project, Libsaurus,
on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to open dialogues about research, information skills, media
literacy, and libraries.
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